Wingate and Finchley fell to their second league defeat to nil in as many games, losing 4-0 at home to Merstham.
The visitors, who started today’s game just two points ahead of the Blues, took an early lead and never looked back.
A second goal in the first half and two more after the restart consigned the Blues to back-to-back league defeats since the last day of August.
Those losses sandwich a 4-1 win in the FA Cup earlier this month, but today’s result leaves Wingate outside the relegation zone by just one point.
It took just seven minutes before Omar Folkes opened the scoring for Merstham, latching on to a free-kick and flicking the ball into the bottom corner.
Anthony Mendy could have levelled the scores but planted his free header straight into the gloves of Matte Pierson.
From then out, it was all Merstham. Their second came seven minutes before half-time when a quick counter-attack saw the ball played across Wingate’s box for Delano Sam-Yorke to tap into a gaping net.
The Blues almost pulled one back shortly after the restart but Mendy’s shot was blocked and Roman Michael-Percil could only fire the rebound over the bar.
Merstham quickly regained control and Chace Jacquert rifled a shot from distance that cannoned off the bar.
68 minutes had been played when a through-ball released Ellis Brown to roll Merstham’s third under Gore.
And the rout was completed with 17 minutes left when Folkes scored his second of the game from the penalty spot after a foul on Jacquert.
The Blues will now travel to 7th-placed Horsham on Tuesday as they look to get their league form back on track.
Report by Andrew Gerlis